Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

26 June 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… The Republicans Claim that Women are Unfit for Combat… History Says Otherwise

00 female VOV soldiers. Naval Infantry Baltic Fleet. 26.06.13

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One of the things that you hear from the loony Right is that women are unfit and unsuited for combat duty. That’s utter bullshit and the historical record says otherwise. Look at the above image. They’re women who served with the Baltic Fleet Naval Infantry during the VOV. Women killed thousands of the Fascist invaders… and thousands died resisting the Fascists. As the Medvedev brothers wrote, “Let History Judge”. Indeed… the Republicans are despicable and unrepentant liars… full stop.

Give the Republicans and their supporters no quarter… for they’ll give you none. After all, they believe, “The race goes to the swiftest”… and they’ll do anything (literally… it’s not hyperbole) to make sure that they come in first. Decency and rightness have no meaning for them. Oppose them… don’t attempt to argue with them. It’s your duty to human justice, personal honour, and to Almighty God.

BMD 

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MP Organises Church-Wide Collection for Aid to Syria

collection plate

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In connection with the tragic events in Syria, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias called on believers to help the victims of the armed conflict there, saying, “I ask you to follow the call of Christ to help our fellow man, that is, those who’re in particular need of support and assistance at present. To this end, I bless in all MP parishes to organise fundraisers this Sunday to help the needy in Syria“. This was contained in a special patriarchal encyclical circulated by the MP Information Department on Tuesday.

As His Holiness pointed up, a significant part of the Syrian people are Orthodox, and Damascus is the centre of one of the oldest Orthodox patriarchates (Antioch and all the East). He said, “Now, on the streets of a city that remembers the Holy Apostle Paul, which saw the deeds and writings of ancient saints, human blood is shed”. Patriarch Kirill stated that Christians and Muslims lived in this biblical land together in peace, but today we see desecrated holy places, profaned churches, and the expulsion of Christians from their homes. They often suffer persecution; sometimes, they’re tortured and killed.

Patriarch Kirill noted, “Recently, our nation traversed a similar route. During the Revolution, the Civil War, and the Persecution of the Church, thousands of our compatriots died. We mustn’t stand by in indifference as, once again, we see innocent blood shed. We can’t stop this war, but we can earnestly pray for an early end to it, and to help the suffering people, including our brother Christians”. Monies collected in all MP dioceses will go into the accounts of the MP Department for Church Charity and Social Service, which will coordinate the collection of donations. When the fundraising action is complete, the monies raised will go to the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East.

25 June 2013

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=51693

Editor’s Note:

There was no announcement or news item on this important fund drive on either the ROCOR official website or oca.org. ROCOR is an integral part of the MP; obviously, it received the encyclical. Is it going to participate in this worthy endeavour? The OCA is a dependency of the MP in all but name; it was silent about this action as well. Mark this down well… Potapov screams about Stalin and repeats all the lunacies of the Washington Times crowd… yet, he didn’t see to it that HH’s appeal got airtime. It tells you much about him and his ilk, no?

God willing, individual parishes of the ROCOR and OCA will choose to take part in this God-pleasing action. I certainly hope so…

BMD

Russian Cleric Defrocked After Conviction for Fatal Road Crash

00 auto accident. cartoon. 01.04.13

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On Wednesday, the Orthodox Church defrocked a priest-monk convicted on Tuesday of causing a car accident in which two people died. The priest was driving a luxury Mercedes G-Class SUV, which sells new in Moscow for upwards of 120,000 USD (3.96 million Roubles. 92,000 Euros. 78,000 UK Pounds). Cops arrested him the day after the accident. On Wednesday, the Diocese of Moscow ordered the defrocking, and the Church’s top cleric, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, gave his approval. Fr Pavel Syomin, ordained as Hieromonk Ilya, lost control of his Mercedes on 15 August 2012, and mowed down three workers on a roadside, killing two of them. On Tuesday, a court found him guilty of a serious violation of traffic rules, causing the death of two or more persons. The Prokuratura sought a six-year sentence for Syomin, whilst his defence team requested two years in a minimum-security prison, but the court sentenced Syomin to three years’ imprisonment.

 26 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130627/181897051/Jailed-in-Fatal-Road-Crash-Russian-Cleric-Defrocked.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s not be coy… this means that Metropolitan Herman Swaiko was RIGHT regarding Benjamin Peterson. The OCA has an obligation to defrock Peterson (Peterson’s arrogant behaviour towards the coppers was unwarranted)… to defrock JP for abetting Ray Velencia’s suit against a priest in good standing… and to defrock Seraphim Storheim if the Canadian court convicts him of pederasty. This is one of the reasons why the OCA lacks cred… it allows clerics to function who’d be shitcanned in a legit Church. It can help to bring matters up to snuff by defrocking the two first-named clerics, and to defrock the third if the court finds him guilty. Tikhon Fitzgerald defends all three of these losers vociferously (the first two are his protégés, dontcha know). In the the OCA, Syomin would’ve been defended by the konvertsy and the First Families (why, he was driving an SUV… that means he’s RESPECTABLE… just like Tikhon Mollard and his Cadillac Escalade)… but he belonged to a REAL Church, which held him (rightfully) responsible for his actions.

This is too much of a muchness… however, do note what a legit Church does… and note what the OCA does. It turns your stomach, doesn’t it?

BMD 

Russia to Deploy Air Units to Belarus Soon

00 Sukhoi Su-27 fighters. 26.06.13

Sukhoi Su-27 jets of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force

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On Wednesday, Russian Air Force chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev told reporters that Russia is opening an airbase in northwestern Belarus, near the Polish and Lithuanian borders, within just a few months. The airbase, post-Soviet Russia’s first on Belarusian soil, will consolidate bilateral defence collaboration as part of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Located in Lida, a city of nearly 100,000, the base would be an important element in the “strategic defence of the Union State”, General Bondarev said, adding that Russian would deploy Su-27SM3 fighter jets there. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in May that the base wasn’t being set up in response to deployment of an American missile shield in Europe strongly opposed by Russia. However, Moscow takes issue with NATO jets flying combat air patrols close to Russian airspace. Belarus borders NATO nations Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.

26 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130626/181896268/Russia-to-Open-Airbase-in-Belarus-Within-Months.html

 

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